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5th Dec 2022
Afia Azmi

How to Make Money While Studying Abroad

It is universally acknowledged that studying abroad is expensive, even if you get a scholarship. You also have to consider your expenses other than the basic ones. And, of course, it wouldn’t hurt you to save and stash some money for emergencies and your enjoyment and fun activities. Here are some of the best ways to make money while studying abroad.

Become a Tutor

Like the Joker said, “If you are good at something, then never do it for free.” Spread your knowledge to your co-students. You can charge by the hour or every week. You can do it from your place or travel to others’ homes.

Or, you can also teach over the internet, which is basically the biggest thing trending and needed right now. This is not only a great way to make money while studying abroad but also the best form of social service. You not only enhance your knowledge about the subject you love, but you also imbibe more passion into the chosen subject.

Teacher’s Assistant/Research Assistant

Even here, teachers always see the best in you. There’s a good chance you will find a lifelong recommendation from them. You have an opportunity to build a good rapport with your foreign university for a long time. You can also learn a lot about your chosen subject and learn about a further job or academic opportunities. 

Content Creator

One of the most trending opportunities for today’s millennia and Gen Z is the approach to online content creation.

This can happen in two ways -

  • If you are an extrovert, make your reels and share them with a professional account under your name. Share things that are infotainment for the media masses.
  • If you are an introvert, and a writer, share your written and creative content with the world.

You also have a lot of opportunities as a writer and content creator in significant firms. You can also opt to do side certification courses such as Technical Writer, SEO Writer, etc., and make money while studying abroad.


This age has turned around for opportunities for everyone, and with it comes a lot of struggle for achievements. Internships and apprenticeships come to the rescue.


  • Internships are more flexible since you can opt and choose a virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-office option.
  • Apprenticeships require you to be physically present at the site of work and practical learning most of the time.

But both are great ways to make money while studying abroad.

Sales Employee

This is one of the most popular ways international students make money while studying abroad. If you have only the greatest mall chains on films and TV, you can work as a cashier or sales rep in them now. They pay you by the hour, and for people pursuing the business line, this may be the start of something great for you.

Part-time Jobs

When it comes to earning money, part-time jobs are the most prominent go-to for international students as well as local students in a foreign country. You will find various options in various fields such as administrative, mechanical, technical, private, legal, public relations, publishing and editing, graphic design, waitressing and hotel management, etc.. These jobs pay you by the hour, and if, in the long run, you prove to be an efficient worker, you can expect promotions and pay hikes.

You blend in with the foreign culture, which makes your livelihood easier and offers a chance to expand your networking. Odd jobs such as babysitting or dog-walking also help you make money while studying abroad once you get the hang of it and master your time management abilities efficiently. 


The opportunity to sell your best services contractually is not new. But undoubtedly, the ways to do so have grown immensely since the age of advanced digitalization in every field. Applications such as Upwork, Chegg, AngelList, etc., offer you to create your portfolio and advertise your services efficiently. You are paid as per your level of expertise. And the best thing is you have no long-term commitments to and for anyone. This way, your side hustle doesn’t become boring, and you keep pocketing some much-needed savings while studying abroad. 

This struggle is hard yet much needed to push you into becoming your best self and improve on it. It would help if you also focused on keeping your grades above the demotion level, so there is no harm to your visa or degree. There is no success without hard work. And once you become even partially financially independent, you witness a prolific growth of financial literacy within yourself. You re-plan your budget system and expenses, making your stay abroad visionary. Just be sure to enjoy yourself and make the most of your living abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.1) How can I earn money while studying?

There are quite a few ways for you to make money abroad! You can tutor, take up internships, Research projects, teacher assistantships, etc

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